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    September 14, 2012
    8:00 - 10:30pm EDT  

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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> in less than three weeks, the first of the presidential debates, live on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. watch and engage. next, president obama and secretary clinton received the remains of those attacked in libya. after that, gop vice presidential candidate paul ryan. >> president obama call the men who were killed in this week's
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consulate attack paycheck and great public servants who served their country well. ibya o were attacked in l were great public servants who serve their country well. this is 30 minutes.
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♪ >> let us pause for a moment of silence. let us pray. gracious god, on behalf of a grateful nation and in the presence of grieving family members and colleagues, we
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welcome home for the final time ambassador chris stevens, sean smith, glen doherty, and tyrone woods. we give you thanks for the lives and the service of these men who wanted nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of other people. to bring justice and freedom to others, who possessed not only character and resolve, but courage and good will. we mourn their loss. bless the memories of these men through those who knew and loved them, especially their families, for whom we ask your comfort, your divine care, and your piece in this difficult time. on this occasion, we continue to pray for our nation and its leaders. we asked your blessing on all
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who served on the military and civilian. we pray for our nation's people. we pray for the defeat of the terror and evil that seems to plague our planet. we pray earnestly for peace. creator of all, let's like perpetual shine upon chris, sean, glen, and tyrone. amen. you may be seated. ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you the secretary of state, hillary clinton. >> thank you very much, a chaplain. mr. president, mr. vice
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president, secretary panetta, family members, members of the state department family, ladies and gentlemen, today, we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. to the families of our fallen colleagues, i offer our most heartfelt condolences and deepest gratitude. sean smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. he was respected as an expert on technology by colleagues in
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baghdad, montreal, and the hague. he enrolled in correspondence courses at penn state and had high hopes for the future. sean leaves behind a loving wife, heather, two young children, and scores of grieving family, friends, and colleagues. that is just in this world. online, in the virtual world that he helped to create, he is also being mourned by countless competitors, collaborators, and gamerse who shared his passion. -- gamers who shared his
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passion. tyrone woods, is known to most as rone, spent two decades as a navy seal, serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. since 2010, he protected american diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from central america to the middle east. he had the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior. earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. our hearts go out to to his wife and his three sons. along with his grieving family, friends, and colleagues.
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glen doherty was also a former seal and an experienced paramedic. he died protecting his colleagues. he was employed to some of the most dangerous places on earth, including iraq and afghanistan, always putting his life on to safeguard other americans. our thoughts and prayers are with his father, his mother, his brother, and sister, and their grieving families, friends, and colleagues. i was honored to know ambassador chris stevens. i want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing chris with us and with
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their country. what a wonderful gift you gave us. over his distinguished career in the foreign service, he won friends to the united states in far-flung places. he made those people's hopes his own. during the revolution in libya, he risked his life to help protect the libyan people from a tyrant. he gave his life helping them build a better country. people loved to work with him. as he rose through the ranks, they loved to work forehand. he was known not only for his courage, but for his smile. goofy, but contagious. for his sense of fun and that california cool.
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in the days since the attack, so many libyans, including the ambassador, who is with us today, have expressed their sorrow and solidarity. one young woman, her head covered and her eyes haunted with sadness, held up a handwritten sign that said "thugs and killers do not represent a benghazi or islam." the president of the palestinian authority, who worked closely with chris sent me a letter of remembering his energy and integrity and deploring "an act of ugly terror." many others from across the middle east and africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department's and for our country.
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we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi bad took lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do it. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts.
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we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we do not decide of the fundamental fact that america must keep leading the world. we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i am proud of all those across our government, civilian and military ally, who represented -- who represent america abroad. they make the united states the
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greatest force for peace, progress, and human dignity the world has ever known. if the last few days teach us anything, let it be this. this worked, and the men and women who risked their lives to do it, or at the heart of what makes america great and good. we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spine, and face the future undaunted. and we will do it together. protecting and helping one another, it just like sean, tyrone, glen, and chris always did. may god bless them and grant their families peace and solace. may god continue to bless the
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united states of america. let's we have a great honor of the injured -- let me have a great honor of introducing someone who came to the state department earlier this week to grieve with us. he understands and values the work that these men were doing for our country. the president of the united states. >> the scripture teaches us greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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glen doherty never shied from adventure. he believed he could make a difference. a calling he fulfilled as a navy seal. he served with distinction in iraq and afghanistan. in benghazi, he laid down his life. loyal as always, protecting his friends. today, glen is home. tyrone woods devoted 20 years of his life to the seals. the quiet professional. rone also served in iraq and afghanistan. in benghazi, he was far from dorothy and tyrone jr. and he laid down his life, protecting
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his friends. today, he is home. sean smith lived to serve. first in the air force and then at the state department. he knew the dangers of this calling. in benghazi, he was far from home, and he laid down his life in service. today, sean is home. chris stevens is everything america wants in an ambassador. he first went to the region as a young man in the peace corps
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during the revolution. he arrived in libya in a cargo ship. he believed in libya and its people and how they loved him back. in benghazi, he laid down his life for his friends, libyan and american, and for us all. today, chris is home. four americans, four patriots. they loved this country. they chose to serve it. they served it well. they had a mission. they believe in it. they knew of the dangers. they accepted them. they did not simply increase the american ideals, but lived it. they embody it.
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they had courage. they have hope and the idealism, the fundamental american belief that we can leave this world a little better than before. that is who they were. that is who we are. if we want to honor their memory, that is who we must always be. i know that this awful loss of recent days has caused some to question this work. there is no doubt these are very difficult days. in a moment such as this, there is a lot of anger, violence, even the most hopeful among us must wonder. amid all the images this week, i
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also think of the libyans who took to the streets with homemade signs and expressing their gratitude to an america that believed in what could be achieved together. think of the man in benghazi with a sign in english, a message he wanted all of us to hear, "chris stevens was a friend to all libyans. chris stevens was a friend." that was the message these patriots cent. -- sent. civilian, military, people in every corner of the world know that america is a friend. we care not only about our own country or our own interest, but also about therirs. the united states of america will never retreat from the
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world. will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves, whatever their faith.r that is the essence of american leadership. this was their work in benghazi. this is the work that we will carry on. to you, their families, and colleagues, all americans, know this -- their sacrifice will never be forgotten. we will bring to justice those who took them from us. we will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic missions. we will continue to do
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everything in our power to protect american serving overseas, whether it meets increasing security at host countries and making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our grief, we will be resolute. we are americans. we hold our heads high knowing that because of these patriots, because of you, this country that we love will always shine with the light unto the world. ereater love hath no great man than one who lays down his life for his friends.
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god bless the man who lay down their lives for us all. they got over your families and all who love them. may god bless the united states of america. may god watch over your families and all who love them. may god bless the united states of america. >> before the benediction, we will play the national anthem as we render honor to the men who died. [drums rolling]
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>> let us pray. strength then yes, ma'am and give them peace. amen.
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>> in less than three weeks, the first of the presidential debates live on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> next republican vice-presidential candidate paul ryan and michelle bachmann. then an analysis of the presidential campaign as it heads into the final two months. >> tomorrow on "washington journal" national journal correspondent looks at -- james kitfield looks at the muslim protests in the arab world. >> the latest information about the chicago teachers strike with stephen sawchuk. and syndicated editorial political cartoonist john cole
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and mark fiore. live at 7:00 a.m. >> i think people like to see where politicians' views have shifted over the years. i think people like to see whether mitt romney in 1994 was campaigning against welfare reform or abortion. they want to see what he was doing during the 2002 campaign, 2007. i think they would like to see how these politicians have evolved. there is an element to it that is almost a gotcha element. but there is also an element that is incredibly interesting. >> i tried to think why it is that he has changed so often. why he finds it so difficult to come down on one side of an issue and instead sort of floats between both issues.
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>> for the first time there was a governor, rod blagojevich. >> i think the way to describe it is -- >> more with andrew kaczynski sunday at 8:00 on c-span's "q & a." now republican vice-presidential candidate paul ryan speaks at the annual values voters submit. he is introduced by former education secretary, bill bennett. also speaking at that event, palestinian minute congressman and former presidential candidate, michelle bachmann. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. >> all right. thank you so much. >> congressman cantor. >> hello, everyone. it is morning in america.
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we will hear from bill bennett next. [applause] >> he consistently rates in our forms among our favorite speakers. we are delighted to have him come. he will be introducing our vice-presidential candidate, paul ryan, right after wards. [cheers and applause] let me mention a couple things about this great man. he has written for tv and magazine, appeared on television shows, and written 16 books, two of which, "the book of virtues" and "the children's book of virtues." they rank among the most successful selling books in the last decade. although he is known as a republican, he has crossed party lines in order to pursue common purposes. he has worked closely with
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democratic leaders to fight for our culture, against the decline of popular culture, and also to end worldwide religious persecution. thanks to bill bennett's brilliant mind, his writings and his speeches, he has had an extraordinary influence on america's political and social landescape. would you give a great warm welcome to dr. bill bennett. [applause] >> i'm no paul ryan, nor was i meant to be. but he was my intern. [cheers and applause] mindful how you treat your staff. they may grow up to be vice
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president of the united states of america. more about that in a minute. it is great to be here, great to be with you. they say lincoln read only two books, the bible and shakes appear. for reasons, you know me, i am pretty well known as a catholic. i will not instruct this room on the bible. besides, there might be a priest in the room. you all read it on your own. that's a joke, that's fine. [laughter] my text today is shakespear, macbeth. act 4, scene 3. "i think our country thinks beneath the -- sinks beneath the yolk. and each new day, a gash is added to her wounds. what are those wounds? the men and women here before me know this better than i do.
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but a quick recitation. the employment rate has been stuck above 8% for 43 straight months. the unemployment rate when barack obama took office was 7.8%. today it is 8.1. the labor force is shrinking to record lows. people are giving up, looking for work. especially men. the august unemployment rate for men was below 74%. the lowest ever on record mple -- record. since president barack obama took office, the median income has gone down $4,000. many college graduates are unemployed or vastly underemployed. more people are on food stamps than have ever been on food stamps before. almost 50 million. poverty is at the highest number we have seen since the census bureau began keeping track, 46.2
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million people. black unemployment is near record highs, 14%. these are gashes that would not be forgiven others if they were in charge, would they? you can be sure of that. >> as mitt romney told the naacp in a smart and courageous speech. [applause] yes. "if i am president, job one will be creating jobs. i have no hidden agenda. if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community, you are looking at him." good for mitt romney. [applause] macbeth says the country sinks beneath the yolk, the yolk of --
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sinks beneath the yoke, the yoke of death. sooner or later, the debt will sink us. the burden and the debt, and as you know, the pal, are more than economic. you didn't invite me here to talk about economics. jim demint, paul ryan on the roster. it is culture and moral palor that troubles us. it is not just about our money, it is about our morale as a nation. there is a sense that we in america are heading down. that the shining city on the hill may be growing dim. 57% of americans believe that we are in decline. think about that. more americans than not think we are in decline as a civilization.
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you know, the long story of inhumanity and misery that is human history, the american achievement, is high and it is unique. and most of us today think it may be ending. is this what has happened to us? if so, then this loss of morale is the worst thing this president has done to us. he has dumped our national morale and pride. i worked for president ronald wilson reagan who raised the -- [cheers and applause] he raised the economy, stared down the soviet union, and lifted morale. one writer said of reagan, "he was the captain that took the
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ship to sail in a stormy sea." the opposite has been done by this president. it gives me no pleasure to say so, but it is true. so what is this? where does this come from? 64% of americans believe we are on the wrong track. now, if those 64% would just vote on track -- [cheers and applause] some tell us things are getting better. if things are getting better, why are people feeling so bad? people are saying things are better, why aren't things better? i will tell you another reason why today the country bleeds and
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bleeds, as shakespeare says. weeps for man who are literally bled, killed and brutalized by a fanatic mob in ben gawsy. -- and benghazi. the reaction of our leadership was not the terrible swift sword. but to the bleeding and the slaughter, it was bleating, a sheepish statement of weakness and wondering allowed by the secretary of state and others whether our own freedoms, our own constitutional constitutions -- our own constitutional freedoms go just a bit too far. a muslim mob brutalizes and murders an ambassador, a representative of the united states of america to disgrace him and to disgrace us. they would murder us and
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brutalize us too, all of us, and our government reacts by shuddering and shaking and wondering about the consequences of our first amendment. it blames an incons croatian consequential -- it blames an inconsequential fool, a film maker, for the venom in another part of the world. god, help us. well, another line from macbeth. "me thinks i hear a voice." we thinks we hear a>nk i%conse
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"it is disgraceful that the response was not to condemn attacks but to sympathize with those who wage the attacks." mitt romney. [cheers and applause] >> whatever wording or parsing may want to bring up. may one want to suggest it is an improvement on his remarks. his words had a shock effect, didn't they? they had the shock effect because they were true. when they are condemned so
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broadly, so almost universally among the establishment press, it is likely that they are true. [cheers and applause] these were true for another reason. what he said, let me read it again. "i am outraged by the attacks on the american diplomatic regions in libya. it is disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic mission but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks ." mr. romney was talking about this attack, and he was talking about other things as well, wasn't he? he was talking about a history. his words had a shock effect because in addition to being true, they were an unveiling, a
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revelation, a stripping away. a showing the feckless core of belief and sentiment that now animates leadership in america. where do we stand with this part of the world? where do we stand with muslims who would do this to us? where do we stand with a country which hesitates to respond? is it an ally? is it not an ally? we don't know. the answer is unclear. much of the press, of course, quickly jumped in on romney to kill this truth in the wole -- womb. something it is well practiced at. [applause] but that revelation and that truth will not die, or so i hope. because the message was received. i heard it on my radio show. i heard it from me early.
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but that wasn't so important. i then heard it from my audience, from outside the precincts, the normal suspects, if you will. auds the precinct -- outside the precincts, the inteligen crifment a, the places that profess moral and intellectual smugness. it was heard in texas. [cheers and applause] when ted cruz was on my show this afternoon, the day after he was elected after he had chik-fil-a at his reception, he said, there's a new wind blowing, bill. he said we're going to take our country back with our values and our freedoms. [cheers and applause]
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i said, where are you talking from? he said texas. i said, well i know it is true in texas. i just want it to be true everywhere else. but if california continues to texas, they might figure it out. [applause] otherwise they will be the lindsey lohan of states. just can't figure it out. just can't figure it out. what did i do wrong again? but the message romney gave -- the message mitt romney gave was heard. it was heard and it was repeated. it was echoed, it was approved, and the american people applauded it. god help it to be seen and heard elsewhere. in ohio, in colorado.
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[applause] and in iowa and in virginia. [applause] and everywhere else. i will end, wisconsin. [applause] which brings me to wisconsin. are you ready? [cheers and applause] get out of the way. get out of the way. it is like those commencements. parents just want to be sure that that degree is in the hand of that child. get that man off the podium. get him out. get on with this day. paul ryan. [cheers and applause]
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i was just ushered out of the room because paul ryan needs to do an interview. i said, do you know -- oh, never mind. pall paul ryan tells me in a text two weeks ago that his job once was to carry my coffee in one hand and the "book of virtues" in the other hand. [laughter] now i go around bragging, hey, i know paul ryan! well, sir paul, if there is any caring to be done, left you think i'm too -- lest you think i'm too old for it. and i'm not. maybe chris matthews. i'm not too old for this. [cheers and applause] i'm just getting better.
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but my doctor said i'm getting shorter. anyway. i'll repeat that line. paul ryan, if there is any caring to be done, in case you think i'm too ol -- old for it, but i'm not, i will carry your jacket and your books while you take it to them, mr. chairman. [cheers and applause] he did work for me and jack kemp. we are friends. we have stood on the top of 14,000-foot peaks together. i got there three hours after he did, but i got there.
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[laughter] when i got there, the mountain knew it had been climbed. [laughter] my younger son, our younger son was 14. paul ryan asked if we wanted to go on a hike. my son said, are we going on a trail? paul said, no, we're going straight. straight up they went. straight up my 14-year-old went. he decided he was going to do better next time. he had the last time chance last summer in colorado. now joe bennett, princeton graduate, second united states marine corps. thank you very much. [applause] stayed with him. so did paul's father-in-law who runs decathelons.
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so did paul's father-in-law who is an iron man. i stayed at base camp, in case -- [applause] -- like on mount everest, in case there is trouble. no, i went behind slowly. true story. paul said, let's hike together. i said, i know the resumes of these guys. you have to be kidding me. but they went ahead, way ahead, and they all stayed together. i stayed behind. i was dealing with a new-found humility. a guy passed me on the trail. he said, you look familiar. are you somebody? i said, no, used to be. not anymore. he said, i hear paul ryan is on the trail. i said he's about three miles ahead. we have come to know and love each other's families in this way and other ways. i admire him very much.
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i admire his faith, his courage, his pluckiness, his sense of humor, and his so well grounded sense of himself. he knows what he stands for. and in our time, just as important, he knows what he won't stand for. [cheers and applause] the book of virtues quotes aristotle says courage is the most important of all the virtues because it enables the other virtues to have effect. courage is the secret of democracy. it still is. paul has it. he knows how to work, he knows how to think, he knows how to achieve. he gives me real hope, not the flimsy kind, and so he should to you. he will be an outstanding vice
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president for mitt romney. he will bring his own brand of courage, intellect, and honor. he was right, mitt romney, to denounce terrorists instead of offering flimsy excuses. [captions performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] and he is right that paul ryan is the best person will help him do this. and to borrow some words from my very smart wife, they, these two, romney and ryan, will not fail. paul ryan. [cheers and applause]
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>> hey, everybody. how about this guy, huh? man. [cheers and applause] thank you so much. wow. let's hear it for bill bennett! [applause] thank you so much. when bill bennett has climbed a mountain, the mountain knows that it has been climbed. [laughter] he and i go back a long way. you know, i lost my dad when i
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was a young guy. i went through life with really important mentors. none were more important than that man you have just heard from, bill bennett. [applause] [cheers and applause] thank you for your support. thank you so much. appreciate it. thank you very much. [crowd chanting] [crowd chanting: u.s.a. prk [
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>> it is good to be here. it is good to be part of a values voter summit once again. and this time, i bring greetings from the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney! [cheers and applause] in this election, millions of americans count themselves as value voters. i'm a value voter, too. in 53 days we have a choice between two very different ideas about our country. how we were meant to live, and what we were meant to be. it is the kind of choice that can never be taken for granted. peace, freedom, and civilized values have enemies in this
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world. as we have been reminded by events in egypt, libya, and yemen. we have all seen the images of our flag being burned and our enemies under attack by vicious mobs. the worst of it is the loss of four good men, including our ambassador to libya. they were there for the most peaceful purposes in service to our country. and today our country honors their lives and greeves with their families. [applause] all of us are watching events closely. we know who america is viewing in these attacks. they are extremists who operate by violence and intimidation. the least equivocation only
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makes them bolder. look across that area. what do we see? mobs storming american embassies and consulates. iran four years closer to getting a nuclear weapon. israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on con democratic tempt by the obama administration. -- bordering on contempt by the obama administration. [applause] amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership. in the days ahead and in the years ahead, american foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. [applause] only by the competent exercise of american influence are evil and violence overcome.
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that is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. that is what keeps the peace. that is what we will have in a romney-ryan administration. [cheers and applause] in the all important election of 2012, values voters are also economic voters. this election we'll hold the incumbent accountable for his decisions. it is true that president obama had a lot of problems not of his own making. but he also came in with one party rule and a chance to do everything of his own choosing. the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped but because it was passed. [cheers and applause]
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that's a key distinction. [applause] and here is what we got. prolonged joblessness across the country. 23 million americans struggling to find work. family income in decline. 15% of americans living in poverty. the record is so uniformly bad, that maybe you noticed something. president obama himself almost never even uses the word "record." that is, except, when he's trying to trade on the record of bill clinton. in his conventional speech, the president never said that simple word, "record." he didn't say the other word "stimulus" either. because he wasted $831 billion of borrowed money. at a time of mass unemployment,
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he didn't even say "unemployment." because we're in the slowest recovery since the great depression. by the way, he didn't even use the word recovery either. never mind that recovery was what all americans expected from barack obama. you see, he wants us to forget all of these things. and lately, he's been trying out a new tactic. it is the classic barack obama strawman. if anyone dares point out the facts of his record, why they are being negative and pessimistic about the country. the new strawman is people hoping for the decline of america. you know, it is pretty sad, but this is the closest president obama can come these days to sounding positive himself. but we have to face up to all that has gone wrong these past four years so that the next four years can be better. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to make economic failure a two-term proposition!
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[cheers and applause] you know lately the president has been trying out sports comparisons. he compares the fourth year of his term to the fourth quarter of a basketball game. you can expect more of it. because if there is one thing the man can do, it's talk a good game. the only problem is, the clock is running out, and he still hasn't butt any points on the board. -- and he still hasn't put any points on the board. [applause] his whole case these days is basically asking us to forget what he promised us four years ago and focus instead on his new promises, like a fast move to get around accountability. he made those ringing promises to get elected. without them, he wouldn't be president.
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and now he asks as if it is unfair to measure his performance against his own words. but here's the question, if barack obama's promises weren't good then, what good are they now? [applause] if we renew the contract, we're going to get the same deal. if we renew the contract, we'll get the same deal, with only one difference. in a sec term, we -- in a second term, he will never answer to you again. in so many ways, starting with obama care, re-electing this president would set in motion things that can never be called back. it would be a choice to give up so many other choices. when all the mandates of government-run health care comes down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion. when the obama tax increases start coming, nobody in washington is going to ask
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whether you can afford them or not. when all the new borrowing brings our national debt to $20 trillion and then $25 trillion, nobody is going to ask you about the debt crisis or even help you prepare for it. but we the people need to think ahead. even if our current president will not, in order to avoid the crisis while there is still time. everyone knows that president obama inherited a bad economy. four months from now, when mitt romney is sworn in as president, he will inherit a bad economy. but here's the difference. when a romney run administration takes office, we will also take responsibility. [cheers and applause] instead of dividing up the
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wealth, our new president will get america creating wealth again. [cheers and applause] we're going to revive free enterprise in this country to get our economy growing faster and to get our people back to work. [cheers and applause] on the path that this president has set, by the time my kids are my age, the federal government will be far bigger and more powerful even than it is today. at that point, this land of free men and women will have become something it was never intended to be. we are expected to meekly ab -- accept this. but i have a different idea. i want my children to make their decisions to define happiness for themselves and use the gifts their god gave them and live their lives in freedom!
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[cheers and applause] that's the american idea. [cheers and applause] you know, you say things like this and our opponents will quickly oppose you of being, quote, "anti-government." president obama frames the debate this way. it is the only kind of debate he can win against strawman politics. no politician is more skilled -- [crowd chanting "u.s.a."]
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[cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] we all know this. no politician is more skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries. this election, we are going to call him on it. [applause] the president is given to lectures on government, as if anyone who uses rampant government power should be given
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gratitude. he treats private enterprise as a revenue source for government. he used government as the redistributor and aloe indicator -- and allocator of opportunity. the results are in for that, too. here we are, four years under economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? more people in poverty! after four years of dividing people up with a bogus rhetoric of class warfare, just about every segment of society is worse off. to see this played out in any country would be bad enough. to see it becoming the daily experience of life in the united states is utterly contrary to everything we are entitled to expect. mitt romney knows that this country is made for better things.
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to borrow the words of another mentor of mine, jack kemp -- [applause] i had to do that for dr. bennett. no government in history has been able to do for people what they were able to do for themselves when they were free to follow their hopes and their dreams. [applause] under the current president, we are at risk of becoming a poor country. he looks to government as the great benefactor in every life. our opponents even have a new motto. they say, quote, "government is the only thing that we all belong to." [crowd: boo! ]
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>> i don't know about you, but i have never thought of government as something i belong to. of the seven times i have been sworn to congress, i have never belonged to the government. our oath is to serve the contstution of the united states in which the people are sovereign! that's what we do, that's who we are! [cheers and applause] [applause] [applause] in the experience of real life, the most important things we belong to, they have a very different hold on us. i'm catholic. not because anyone has ordered
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me to accept a creed, but because of the craze and truth revealed in my faith. and that's how we all feel about the faiths we hold. in the same way, we americans give ourselves to every kind of good cause. we do this for the simple reason that our hearts and consciences fill a place that someone else cannot fill. it is like that way in communities, too. the whole life of this nation is carried forward every day by the endless unselfish things people do for one another, without giving it much thought. in books, they call this civil society. in my own experience, i know it as jamesville, wisconsin. [applause] it is a place like 10,000
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others, where a lot of good happens without government demanding it, claiming it, or taking credit for it. that is how life is supposed to work in a free country. [cheers and applause] and nothing undermines the essential work of government more than the abuse of power. in the government's telling, government is a big benevolent presence guiding our steps at every turn. in reality, when government enters the picture, private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt. this is what happened to the catholic church and catholic charities this past january when the new mandates of obama care started coming. never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, and from now on, you are going to do things the government's way. ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard-pressed to find another
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group in america that does more to serve the help of women and their babies than the catholic church and catholic charities. [cheers and applause] and now, suddenly, we have obama care bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they are going to do it. as governor romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group, it is a threat and insult to every religious group. he will stand in defense of our religious liberties. i can assure you, when mitt romney is elected we will get to work on day one to repeal that mandate and all of obama care!
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[cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] finally, when he tries to make big government sound reasonable and inclusive, the president likes to say, we're all in this together. here, too, he has another handy strawman. anyone who questions the wisdom of his policies must be lacking in compassion. who else would question him but those mean people who think that everybody has to go it alone and fend for themselves. we're all in this together. has a nice ring. for everyone who loves this country, it is not only true, but obvious. yet how it sounds coming from a
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politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born. [cheers and applause] giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue and in complete disregard from millions of prolife democrats, president obama has chosen to panneder to the most extreme elements of his party. in the clinton administration, the stated goal was to make abortion safe, legal, and rare. but that was a different time and a different president. now apparently, the biden-obama
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ticket plans for a qualified right to abortion at any time, in any circumstance, and even at taxpayer expense. when you get past all the president's strawmen, what we believe is plain to state. these vital questions should be decided not by the caprice of unelected judges but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives. [cheers and applause] and in this good hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and father alike. we don't write anyone off in america. especially those without a voice. every child has a place and purpose in this world. everyone counts. and in a just society, the law
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should stand on the side of life. [cheers and applause] so much of our history has been a constant striving to live up to the ideals of our founding about rights and their ultimate source. our opponents' convention, a rowdy dispute broke out over the mere mention of that source. for most of us, it was set up long ago that our rights come from nature and nature's god, not from government! [cheers and applause] it is very clear, that's the american idea. a disregard for rights, a growing government, and a static
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economy. a country where everything is free but us. this is where it is all headed. this is where we are being taken by the present administration. this is the road we are on. but my friends, that road has an exit just ahead, and it is marked tuesday, november 6, 2012! [cheers and applause] we can be confident in the rightness of our cause and also in the integrity and the readiness of the man who leads it. he is a solid and trustworthy, faithful and honorable man. not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. not only a fine businessman, he's a fine man. worthy of leading our country.
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and ready to lead the great turn around that we have spent four years waiting for. you know, i'm not the only one who has told mit that maybe he needs to talk more about himself and his life. it wouldn't hurt if voters knew more about those little things that reveal a man's heart and his character. this is a guy who at the height of his successful business, turned the entire company into a search and rescue operation the moment he heard that a college -- that a young daughter was missing. he is a man that could easily give money to needy causes. but everyone will tell you, mitt has always given himself. he is not just someone who oversees good works, but mitt does the good work. mitt romney is the man who is there right away when there is
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need but never first in line when praise and credit are being handed out. he's a modest man with a charitable heart. he's a doer and a promise keeper. he's the kind of person every community could use more of. and he'll be the kind of president who brings out the best in our country. [cheers and applause] when he asked me to join the ticket, i told governor romney, let's get this done. [cheers and applause] that's been my message ever since, and now i'm asking all of you to say, we know what we are up against. we know how desperate our opponents are to cling to power, but we are ready. i hope you are, too, because i know that we can do this. whatever your critical party, let's come together for the sake
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of our country. let's put these devicive years behind us, let's give this effort everything we have. let's get this done and elect mitt romney the next president of the united states! [cheers and applause] thank you everybody, and god bless you. [cheers and applause] thank you very much. thank you. >> wasn't it great to see the boy scouts of america this morning provide our colors and our pledge? [applause] back when america was coming out of its depression and naziism was overtaking europe, the world was a crazy place. it was during that time that the most popular radio singer, called radio star, for that matter, decided she would want
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to change the mood of america. so kate smith went to her friend, irving berlin, and said i want you to write a song that would renew people's faith in god. so he got out a song and played for her for the very first time, a song called "god bless america." she was so overwhelmed, she said i would love to sing this song. but i can't take royalties for this. this should be a gift to america. so kate smith and irving berlin decided if there should be any royalties that comes out of "god bless america" it should go to the boy scouts of america. [applause] isn't that great? and now you are glad you came, because you didn't know that, did you? our next speaker coming down to the podium is a true
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constitutional conservative who practices what she preaches, especially in the areas of tax reform, wasteful government spending, reducing our national debt, and repealing obama care. [cheers and applause] she is the first republican woman to be elected -- represent minnesota in the house of representatives of representatives, and the first republican woman to run for president of the united states. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome michelle bachmann! [cheers] .
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>> it feels like it is deja vu all over again. we are seeing struggles all over the middle east. we are seeing attacks on our embassies. staggering unemployment. high gas prices. the shuttle economy. you would almost think that jimmy carter is back in the white house. the-a struggling economy. we are desperate for another ronald reagan. [applause] this time i am sorry to say that is even worse. the fires of radical islam in traditionalism are not limited to one country. there currently raging all across africa and all across asia. each week are christian brothers and sisters from nigeria to kenya are being persecuted. when they go to church, they do not even know if they will make it home afterwards.
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now the violence has come to us, the united states. on the anniversary of 9/11, no less. best of americans lost their lives in a gruesome terrorism attack. this administration has communicated both weakness and lack of resolve to the world. [applause] the top officials are convinced that the only way to curtail this crisis is to put a full frontal attack on the free- speech rights of american citizens. i want to be perfectly clear -- this is not just about a movie.
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this was an intentional act that was done by radical islamist who seek to impose their beliefs on the rest of the world. we will not stand for it. [cheers and applause] what we are watching develop before our eyes today are the direct consequences of this administration will demand policy for apology and appeasement all over the world. even last week it is exposed for
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what it really is. the media is doing everything it can to scramble to make sure that the other guy does not get the blame for what is going down this week. it is important to highlight the context of what got us into this. it did not happen out of nowhere. this goes back to the very beginning of the obama administration. the very first television interview that president of on y game -- obama gave, he promised middle east peace during our time. he spurned our longtime ally in egpyt by inviting the violent brotherhood that was outlawed in egypt to attend his speech. he did the front row tickets to his speech in cairo when mubarak
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will the mark policy was to keep them away. when you're the mission statement, you'll understand why the former egyptian president or anyone would want to stop the violent brotherhood. it is a political entity. jihad " their model is our way. dying in the way of allah is our highest hope." jerusalem will beone ro our capital." the undivided city of the jerusalem is not now nor will ever be anything other than the eternal capital of israel.
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[cheers and applause] another factor in understanding this administration and's policy is its relationship with an organization you may not have heard of before. one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the world. you should know its name. it is called the organization for islamic cooperation. so far, it has gone virtually unnoticed. who are they? the are the second-largest intergovernmental organization in the world. they claim that they have authority to represent all muslims, even those who live in non-muslim countries like the
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united states. in 2005, is very influential islamic organization published a 10-year plan of action to implement the speed requirement worldwide. listen very carefully to what i am telling you right now. it explains that they had a 10- year plan of action to implement the islamist-based speech a requirement worldwide. do not take my word for it. they published this plan on their website in english so that no one would miss their intent. they intend to internationally criminalize all communication are any communication or speech that is deemed to buy them to be insulting to islam -- to be insulting to islam. islamic-enforced speech code. no one, not muslim, not non-
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muslim, not americans, not anyone is allowed to say anything insulting to their religion. the intent to force us to kiss our freedom of speech and religion goodbye. that is why been we are being for warned today -- forewarned today. they have succeeded with both present obama and secretary clinton's help by passing in the u.n. a clear violation of our first amendment of freedom of speech. before that in october last year, many prominent islamic organizations wrote a letter to the white house were the urge them to do a complete purge of
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any federal training materials from references to the ideologies of islam. they want to ensure that all trainers in our u.s. military, our fbi and other u.n. security agency's, be re-trained and brainwashed in political correctness towards islam. they have been forced islamic speech codes -- enforced islamic speech codes. the promise to set of the task force but the same organization to immediately begin this unprecedented purge of counterterrorism training in every federal agency across the board. it is breathtaking. never been done before. when members of congress, myself included, started to ask questions about identities of who these people were that are
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leading this purge in our government and what it was the work purging from our training materials, the obama administration told us the information was "classified." i am here to say that we are now very late in the game. we are quickly losing our sense of who we are as a nation. we are losing our ability to identify our radical islam as enemy. it is time to stand unashamed this week our freedom and values and john an unmistakable red line for our enemies -- draw an unmistakable red line for our enemies across the world. [cheers and applause] in light of the attacks this week on our embassy in cairo, we need to tell the muslim brotherhood in egypt that if you
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continue sentiment against the united states, we will immediately put an end to the u.s. taxpayer and gravy train we are sending your way. [cheers and applause] starting with a $1.5 million that we have sent egypt in aid and $1 billion loan forgiveness program and the $5 billion international monetary fund loan program that we are backing. we also need to stop the upcoming business that president of bonn agreed to to walk and egyptian president morsi into the white house -- obama agreed to with the egypt sepresident more see into the white house. secretary clinton and napolitano need to immediately end the policy of violating u.s. federal
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law by granting visas to members of designated foreign terrorist organizations. we are granting them visas so whitean beameet with our house security staff. we're demanding the release -- they demand the release of leaders. you would think this is a novel that you are reading and not reality. president obama needs to get his priorities straight. he needs to cancel his interview with david letterman. cancels his meeting with beyonce and jay-z and instead meet with the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu.
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[cheers and applause] america and isreal have a commonality of interest. too much blood has been shed. too many lives have been sacrificed for freedom of speech and religion. that is what the stand for in the united states. our forefathers sacrifice so much for us. we owe it to them. we owe it to our prosperity to stand for freedom, liberty, justice, righteousness, and truth. we need to remember the voices of history. if you know your enemy and know yourself, you not fear 100 battles. but the fact is that this
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administration had virtually outlawed understanding who the enemy is. the president seems insistent on apologizing for who we are as americans. i am no map strategies, but i know enough that when we refuse to acknowledge who that -- i am no math strategists, but i know enough when refused to a knowledge of who we are, president obama is following the strategy of complete defeat. we know that appeasement does not work. it was in the early days of american republic when our government was busy paying extortion to people in north africa, trying to stop them from attacking our ships and taking our people to become their slaves. even as we were pay extortion bribes to those states, only 16
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of are you as budget at that time was going -- only 1/6 of our u.s. budget at that time was going into it. but he wrote, "nothing will stop the increase the demands from these pirates. it will be more honorable and economical to use the same means for suppressing this." he employed -- deployed a navy to the enemy. it sent a message to the world -- you attack us at your own peril. [applause] it was thomas jefferson's policy
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of determination that is in complete contrast to obama's administration that is about apologizing and appeasement. where has that american spirit gone? the pople who said to -- people who said to our enemies, "here and no further." the artist of the terrible consequences of defeat. i am reminded of general macarthur, who led troops across the pacific in the face a severe military aggression. in his speech to the cadets, he told those young warriors, the long line has never filled us.
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were you to do so, a million goes would rise -- ghosts would rise and sayd, duty, honor, country. friends, we live in desperate times, but we need to come together as americans. this gift of liberty was given to us by those who fought before. we need to live those three words that are echoing through the page of history. duty, history, honor. let's make sure that we lay it on the line in the next 50 days. it is my belief and my opinion that barack obama has been the most dangerous precedent we have ever had on american foreign policy. [applause]
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we cannot sustain another four years of jimmy carter-like policy. look at your hands. i look at my own. this is it. it is our hands that will determine the future. it is our hands that will determine if it is honor, duty, country. i believe that we are worthy of the past. nothing but the memory to guide as. the bless us now and in the future. god bless us in this important moment when we make our decision about the future of our nation. god bless us all. in his mighty name we pray, we bless the ignited states of america -- united states of
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america. [cheers and applause] >> watch and engage. next, an analysis of the presidential campaign as it heads into the final two months. then we will look at the help the agenda for next week. after that, president of bomb and secretary clinton speak at the arrival ceremony for the remains of those victims from the libyan attacks. >> "newsmakers" republican harold rogers. "newsmakers" on sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern, on c-span. >> i watch c-span because they bring us the news in an unfiltered manner. i can what world events going
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on. i do not have to worry about some expert are supposed expert trying to tell me what i should think about it. this is a chance to see what is going on and make up your own mind about what is going on. some lead to the left. some lean to the right. some are in the middle. it is hard. if there is no one talking at it is only the event, you know what is there. it to make your own mind of what is happening. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies, brought to the public service by your tv provider. >> boston globe reporters and political analysis discuss the two final months of the presidential campaign. it will talk about what the two candidates need to do in the coming once in order to winning.
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the boston globe editor moderated the discussion. >> it was fun. >> for those of you in the boston globe outreach program who may now have never been into our beautiful building, i encourage you to consider becoming a member tonight. for those of our own members, death reminder that the end of our fiscal year is in a two weeks. -- a quick reminder that the end of our fiscal year is in two weeks.
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we value this collaboration with the boston globe. this is an inaugural event. we are so pleased that peter canellos was able to pull this together. i think when he first talked about it, he asked what it would be good. what about the night before the election? [laughter] they thought that might be a little extreme. i also want to tell you that following the election sometime in february or march, we will meet again here and talk about the results of the election in the same way. peter, we do not talk about you enough, except to say that you are the editor of the editorial
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column of the boston globe. he went to penn state, then he went to columbia to get a law degree. he came back to boston in 2009. again, he is a wonderful colleague and collaborator. i am turning the microphone to him. >> thank you. [applause] thank you very much. thank you to monica who put together this wonderful event. i want to welcome our subscribers who came as part of the insider program. there are many familiar faces in the audience. as some of you can see, we are taping tonight. people will be asked to write the questions on a piece of paper. there'll be people who can collect them.
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just to raise your hand and we will get your questions that way. what we are hoping to do tonight now that the conventions are over is have a discussion about where the state of the presidential election is right now. we had a discussion with a different group of panelists talking about mitt romney and other republicans who were running. now governor romney, our governor, is the republican nominee. he had his national debut down in tampa. that was followed by what most people consider to be a very successful democratic convention. it is a good time to take stock. i want to introduce our panelists. i'm grateful to have michael grunwald, author of "the new new deal."
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mike and sasha issenberg are both former global reporters. -- globe reporters. they would cover politics and many other things. t "time magazine." his book "the new new daeleal" s great. it is a real in-depth look at how to stimulus bill and change the way we live and all of the political imaginations that surrounded it. sasha issenberg is also a
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former book writer as well. he wrote "the sushi economy para " it was about the interconnectedness of the cold economy -- "the sushi economy." it is about the interconnectedness of the global economy. he is a columnist for slate. he is also the author of "the victory lab." there is a new way of identifying and voter interest. our final panelist i think all of you know, charlie baker. he was the republican candidate in 2010. before that he had a very distinguished career as a foremost expert on the state budget and also a national leader in health care at the
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harvard pilgrim. he helped turn it around. no one is in a better position to talk about obamacare than charlie. we are grateful that he could join us. i wonder if we can have a discussion it here. i know that politics can be a little counter appoipointy. i took down some of the memorable quotes from the convention. i know some of you were not at your tv at all times. i will start with michael. paul ryan talked about the stimulus in his speech. he said that the money went to companies like solyndra and make believe markets. the stimulus was about croneyism
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at its worse. is that the stimulus that we see in your book or some other bill? >> i have learned a new word on twitter, which is "trolling me." [laughter] my book is a revisionist history. everything you think you know about it is wrong. certainly not everything paul ryan said about it is wrong. long story short, he focused on the crony capitalism aspects of it. they really did not find anyone doing anything wrong. the only inappropriate political
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pressure coming talk about the estimates project came out in my book. some poor guy was called into the situation room. that does not become big news. they for some reason did not mention this company. i think the reason that paul ryan could talk about it this way is the stimulus has become a political disaster for obama. one year after it passed, the percentage of americans who believe they created jobs was a lower and the percentage of americans the believe that elvis was alive.
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>> that is a pretty big number. >> it actually is pretty small. a lot of people think the stimulus is the bank bailouts. it is not. is $300 billion and entered tax cuts that went to 95% of the country, and less than 10% of the country noticed it. i argue again to the book, and show how this is changing the country. this is what obama meant by change. i use it as a microcosm of the obama story to show how he has achieved some big things whether you like it or not. politically it has become a joke. all kinds of nonsense that is not in the stimulus to use it as a metaphor for the stimulus.
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>> i know that the title of your book suggests, we think of the new deal, we think of a massive program that does a lot of things republicans are complaining about. this is not evidence its up massive government agencies. a can do that. somehow, the branding went wrong. when you say the new, new deal, people think of it as a jobs sell program, which it was not. >> i did not call it a new deal. it first was a response to the epic financial and economic collapse, which the new deal was as well. the economic crashed 9% ahead of the fourth quarter of 2008. at that rate you lose an entire canadian economy and enter 2009. then we had the best
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improvement of enter jobs in 30 years. we went from hideous too bad it. what they really have in common is a legacy of change. obama did not create a big government, fdr already did that. it was a lot of things that in the house republicans voted for $715 billion stimulus. paul ryan voted for that one. the stimulus was the death of free enterprise, which was not really radical stuff or the kind of hero socialism has been conveyed. things like romneycare as well as extending the benefits and of
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the things in this to millis became politically toxic to republicans in washington, and i run the country. there were plenty of republicans that supported this. >> i do think this is a key part of obama's presentation, even if he does not call it the stimulus bill. he inherited an economy bleeding jobs, put a stop on that the leak. things have not necessarily taken off from there. he stopped a depression. do you think people will take that seriously and give him credit for that? >> my view is that i think he created the same mistake a lot of people i better public life make, which is he over promised where it would do. the whole point was to drive the unemployment rate under 8%. four years later, there are
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almost 2 million the less people working when it passed and then when it was pursuing, looking for work than we have today. a a lot of times one of the things that has been interesting to me about the difference between the public sector and private sector, most of the time your objective it with most constituents is to under promise and over deliver. that is where you want to be. you do not want to overpromise and under deliver because they near customer leaves you, your employee leave you, there is a lot that goes wrong there. i think editor of politics people have the tendency to overpromise. i think on this one a lot of people over promised. it almost does not matter what is in the details. people remember the big
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commitment that was made. >> it does attribute this to christine that rumor. >> this 8%, they had to put a job number on it. as charlie knows, unemployment, the lagging indicator. that reported put together, we nailed the delta up. you can put that on your tombstone. they correctly predicted that the effect of the stimulus would add 2% to 3% of gdp, which actually most independent economists put it at 2% to 4%. things were worse than when it started. they had all kinds of footnotes and cut its debts.
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it was at a political mistake. >> i think if you look back at that time, the fact that there were plenty of things that i think it became clear the white house did not project honestly a level of discern, a look back. it does not feel like the inaugural address delivered at a time of epic crisis. the legislative agenda which was health care reform and captain trade and other things. if they said this was as as exceptional as a jobs crisis, it would have been harder to say, let's spend political capital on things that are not directly connected to economic growth. they made a gamble try to get the stimulus throw and moving on to different things, it would have been difficult if it accepted the agenda as we have won over our chain.
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>> this is a good segue into the next subject. college graduates should not have to live out their 20s staring up at fading obama posters. i think it rings true. think of people in their 20s in that situation. some of them were obama enthusiasts. there is a far reaching look that way they can look at people who support them and get them out to the polls and find new ways to reach them. we all know yond of voters for a huge stable of the obama coalition for years ago. young people were active in politics. i did not note is a huge group of young people, especially at charlotte. they canceled the out door
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acceptance speech, which could be the equivalent of four years ago in denver. invited people to go to a viewing party a in charlotte. i saw -- i saw a massive group of people. it was not young. the 20-somethings did not want to come out and see barack obama. what are some of the things they can do to try to get their vote out? >> this is a big question for tacticians on the left that i write about and enjoy my book. people who voted once in their life. what you can do to mobilize them to vote again. one of the interesting -- i write in my bucket but the rise of people using randomize the
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drug trials for politics. people are guinea pigs. you are able to measure by cause and effect and what caused them to read a book. we come away with an understanding on what we have often thought about it is the selection and of being a contest to change people's opinions. i think we are seeing at as a game of figuring out who can alter their behavior is. a lot of the efforts of mobilization are universal. there are things that are informed of behavioral psychology and sciences. the best documented method of getting somebody to vote, in 2006 they sent people a copy of their vote histories, your
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records are on file at the board of elections. here is how -- here is what you did in the last six elections. you did vote until the city council elections and your presidential election. as you may know to there is a another election coming up. this increased turn out to buy people who are down by 20%. in the years since, people have been trying to soften the social pressure. people want to live up of their idea of themselves as voters at one to fit and with their neighbors. one of the things that is a collaboration of demographics is to figure out how to soften this. people are using letters, specifically targeted at voters
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who have not voted since 2008. people who have not developed habits of a voting. you vote on anything to keep them from coming out. you may have to change their minds. is sending a letter that says, your public record shows you showed a better 2008. you may know there is another election coming up. i hope afterwards second thank you. increasingly people on the left try to mobilize the coalesce and are using these type of things to motivate people. there may have been a fear six months ago that romney could have been a candid it that might have had some persuasive appeal to get soft democrats to defect. you can look at the polling numbers across categories. he has failed to be that candidate. the question for people on the
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left and their allies, super pacs, labor, the state parties, are these people going to support us? camry chance their behavior to make them vote something they have not become conditioned to do? >> before we move on from this topic, i want to give you a chance. the dynamic lot of people had assumed right up through tampa is that the mitt romney campaign -- they are trying to run primarily on the the arguments that you mentioned earlier. obama has not lived up to its promises. give somebody else a chance. >> they could have solved the stimulus problem, by the way. >> the perception now is that that argument alone is not -- it
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did the republicans miss a big opportunity? >> i think his campaign spent advantage of 1. they were referring to mitt romney was. i believe they were enormously effective it. it happened without any real organized response coming from the other side. one of the things i learned as a candid it is the part about telling your story and making our case and from in who you are. it is also realizing the other side will do everything they can do for me as something you do not think you are or something you are not. my wife and my kids and i used to watch things on tv during my race and did they would laugh. they would look at the tv and a laugh. i know you think that is funny, but the problem is -- a lot of people do not know me. they probably believe it.
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ahead the most interesting thing to me as -- i actually found this out a different way. one of the things i did after the election as, a democrat sent me "courage and a consequence." if you want to learn a lot about our a interesting guy thinks about politics, it is worth it. when he was a teenager, one of the things he figured out -- different his whole way of thinking about politics. there are a lot of people who are registered to vote who do not show up. if you just get your team to show up, you can win a lot of elections. the whole thing about behavior modification -- this is a huge
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issue. i think social media becomes more prevalent. i watch my kids and the way they work with technology and relate to it, it is different than the way my wife and i do. a thing that will have a huge impact on the way people get their team to show up. i am not sure, we will ever get more than 70% of registered voters to show up. that creates a big opportunity for people who can get their teams to the polls. >> with obama, it might look as the hidden story of change. in 2008, what everybody wanted to go vote for the guy, it was about hope and change and excitement. some of the finds so that people liked being a part of the crowds. this is how everybody is doing
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it. are part of a cause. i think obama has struggled this time round. i know his advisers feel strongly he cannot run on changing again even though we tell this hidden story. it would feel like they are dancing until the end zone when americans are not feeling happy about where things are. they argue about this stuff all the time. i am very surprised. you can see them starting to -- he has embraced the phrase "obamacare." it was totally toxic for a while. he is embracing some of that was in the stimulus like doubling renewable energy even though he does not say stimulus. he has not really said, hey, change happens. i am wondering when you think the signs are. >> i think the.
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-- a whole lot of innovations taking place in politics. some of this started taking place one decade ago. it is not a coincidence all of this happened after 2000. politics is an sat -- exactly in the shadow of florida a. it demonstrated two things for people who work. one is how polarized -- i wrote about matt doubt. they start writing a memo before the supreme court has ruled of the tour's 2000. looking ahead to 2004. they were saying we are and a newly polarizedountry. this election will not be
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decided as we often have thought about battling over swing the voters. if you think back to what we thought about, this was a paradigm about where elections were being waged. in 1984 according to exit polls, 26% of voters had cast a ballot that included democrat and republican at different levels. by 2000, it was at 7%. parties have realigned, people democrats tend to vote democratic. it is still the best -- campaign 7000 of. about each of you. this ago when most predictive is what party you are registered in. campaigns are spending -- we still talk about the paradigm
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they are about. the big debate about people trying to decide how to vote. most people's votes are predictable. campaigns of this. you can look at the polls on any day. they are averaging out 48 or 46, you do the math and find that there are a huge -- a few points of of voters who might defect to romney or the other way. we are still talking about 13 or 15% of voters who opinions are up for grabs. >> i agree with you that there is a significant divide out there. the finding to divide is an interesting question. some say it is social issues that divide people in lifestyles. others suggest it is something
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deeper. at a moment where there is global competition. there is some much economic and security because of the global competition. one answer to that is the democratic idea of a shoring up the safety net. the other response to that is, why should our fortunes be tended to iran the or to the debt greece crisis or whatever. we need to promote individual values. whether that is possible or not, small business or whatever, there is something comforting about the idea that to the big forces are turned off. we will be doubling down on free enterprise. what do you think? what is the divide over? >> this away thinking it is all
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of the above. sasha knows that most of these people working the campaigns of trying to figure out what matters the most to you. one of the things i learned talking in people's backyards and all the rest. i wrote about this after the election. most voters care a lot about something. the number of different somethings that are out there, it is really bigot. the economy thing is a really big deal. i was shocked at how many different things are fundamental to the way people think about this stuff. parks a few more quotes we can blow through here.
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the two party came into sharp relief. we saw a number of republican speakers quoted "i built it myself," in response to obama. it was a sound bite where he was talking about the importance of government investment in roads and education. he said it in away where he was telling on to chris miller -- entrepreneurs in a way they did not do it themselves. she was talking about a business purpose parents started. she said, they grew it from 118- year-old guarding a bingo parlor to more than 125 employees of in three states. they stood up.
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you bet they believe they bolted themselves. that was pretty powerful. the democrats' turn the table on the republicans strongly. the more pro salic i given to bill clinton made was, we think we are all in this together is a better philosophy than you are on your own. i thought obama's acceptance speech was underrated. he said, he talked about the importance of the free enterprise. he said we also believe it into something called citizenship. the idea this country on the works when we accept obligations to each other and to future generations. democrats stepped forward and started climbing the founding documents. it it really sets up a very high bubble philosophical model e.
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mono. how will that play out? i think we were under the impression however many weeks ago, i do not think the romney campaign is a vested in austerity or the size of government or making sacrifices for fiscal health. all of the things i thought we would get. >> is a romney really not that europe? >> everything i can tell is that they are flailing at the moment. in the comments about egypt and libya the past few days, before that talking about the chicago school strike. obama has given up the idea about making this about job creation or the economy. he does not seem to sustain the
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paul ryan trigger debate over the size of government. it is supposed to be a distinction between the parties. it does not seem like there was a broader argument that over the course of the weekend or since then that the romney campaign -- >> do you think the democrats' ticket as a reason to have a broader argument of their own? >> they have been getting ready to running is the caller ryan plan before we had any idea paul ryan was on the short list. some of that is, whatever number of money spent try to define a mitt romney was a well planned and deliberate effort during the summer to link mitt romney's
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business record, his role at bain capital, this -- is the job creation records in massachusetts and his efforts overseas, this question over his tax returns, there is an effort to build a story that at the heart of mitt romney's strength, which was his stipulated and questioned the leadership on the economy and his ability as its of critter, they added the basic argument -- mitt romney may not be the running a business. he was the good at america. his success is relevant to your well-being are was predatory. as long as it is ambiguous enough to have confidence, it is
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5. i think that is what they did all summer. >> ted kennedy never showed any body's tax returns and nobody ever seem to care. i think there is a bit of a double standard. >> most presidential candidates democrats and republicans have released more than the mitt romney has. >> i do not know how many years of tax returns presidential candidates have released. how many people ever remember caring or another about whether the presidential candidates showed their tax returns? i do not think the romney administration was as prepared for that question as they should have been.
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one of the things i learned as a candidate is, just because you think an issue is dead does that mean it is. it is always interesting to me to find out what the media and the other team will choose to focus on, how they will go at it, and when they will decide the issue is over. that is an and important issue adulteresses. everybody is human. they will get people the benefit of the debt. it would not give somebody else the same benefit. >> if we look at the five months or so from 1 mitt romney plus amosite at the end until tampa, part of where romney did was allow this avoid to exist where talking about bain capital or the tax returns could win voters attention and allow